Love Fulfills the Law.

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What exactly is love, according to the bible, that is? Let’s find out shall we? Depending on its context the word “love” can mean several different things. In Hebrew love can be defined as ‘ahab aw-hab’ or ‘ohab o’-hab which means a friendship love or camaraderie or affection, brotherly love. Love can be ‘Eldad el-dad’ or God has loved, cared for. This word can also mean “at the breast” or provider.

Chabab khaw-bab’ which is similar, is to hide in ones bosom, protect, show fatherly affection. Love can be chashaq khaw-shak’ which means to cling to, rely upon, to delight in. Love can be kamar kaw-mar’ which means to be deeply affected with passion (love or pity) or yearning for. It can mean Agab aw-gab’ which means to dote upon, to love with passion of the senses and egeb eh’-gheb is to find lovely. Then we have agabah ag-aw-baw’ which is to love inordinately or to be strongly attracted or disposed to love, especially sexual love. Another root word of love is racham raw-kham’ which is to have compassion, pity, mercy, tenderness.

So now let’s take a look at the Greek words for love. We have agapao which is to love in a social or moral sense, agape which is to have affection, benevolence, charity which is a giving love. Thelo which means to choose or prefer, to be inclined to, to be willing, be disposed toward, have rather than, desire above others. Then there is philagathos which means to be fond of, promoting goodness and virtue. Philadelphia is brotherly affection and philandros is a love between husband and wife.

Philanthropia is to have benevolence and kindness towards others,philarguria is a greedy love, like idolatry, love of money, phileo means to have a doting affection or sentiment feeling for, based on a matter of principle, duty and propriety. Philoproteuo is to be fond of first or preeminence. And Lastly we have philoteknos which is having affection for one’s children.

Now let’s look at the English word for love: an intense feeling of deep affection, a deep romantic or sexual attachment to someone.

As you can see love in English may not be the same as a Biblical word for love so we had better know exactly what love word is being used within the context of the scriptures to have an accurate meaning, now for my subject. The bible says that love fulfills the law of God.

This word in the Greek is agapē love which is to have affection, benevolence, charity which is a giving love. Jesus said that the greatest love is to lay down our lives for others and we know how short we all fall in this so that is not the love that fulfills the law. The Bible specifically says that we all fall short of God’s glory or perfection so what love fulfills the law? The love that laid down his life for his sheep…..JESUS…..his love fulfills the law of God.

Let me show you using agape love in scriptures.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Romans 13:8

For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Galatians 5: 14

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” Matthew 5:17-18

After Jesus death and resurrection he fulfilled the law. Therefore the law is abolished for the Christian. ALL OF IT.

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” Romans 10:4

In other words our righteousness does not depend on keeping the law but on Christ’s fulfilling the law and imputing (accredited to our account) his righteousness, not our own which falls short of perfection. Only perfect love can cast out fear, death, hell, and sin. God’s agape love through the giving of his Son to pay the ransom for those held in bondage to sin is perfect love.

But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:23-29

But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having ABOLISHED in his flesh the enmity, EVEN THE LAW OF COMANDMENTS contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God” Ephesians 2: 11-15

As you can see from these scriptures, God’s agape love through Jesus Christ fulfilled all the righteous requirements of the law. Having said that, what is our position under the new covenant? A new law! Law? Yes, let’s take a look at the meaning of law. This word has two meanings. Law as in rules and regulations is now abolished BUT law as in a statement of fact, deduced from observation, to the effect that a particular natural or scientific phenomenon always occurs if certain conditions are present is in effect.

Let’s check the Bible to find out about this new law.

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God,Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God
To declares I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus, Where is boasting then? It is excluded, By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith”
. Rom. 3: 23

So, faith in God or saving faith is a law! A law is a fact, in the natural we have the law of gravity, what goes up must come down. In the spiritual we have the law of faith. Whosoever believes (has faith) in Jesus Christ will be saved! That is a spiritual law!

Now let’s take a look at one more law.“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit,For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. “Rom. 8:1

In other words those in Jesus Christ are not under Old Testament laws of any kind even the 10 commandments but rather are now under the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.

When we become born again by God’s grace and the Spirit of life comes to live in us then he lives through us and therefore because God is perfect love he will lead you and guide you into all truth, help you in your weakness, be your strength, give you faith, develop his fruit and gifts in you so that you will be complete in him, full of his power and grace and walking in his perfect love.

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ETERNITY

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The Gospel of Grace Ministries with KIM BALOGH

Eternity is so long that it never ends. Eternity has not time for it is eternal, always and forever. Do you know where you will spend eternity? The Bible says that people will either spend eternity in God’s presence or the lake of fire which never is quenched. If you do not have Jesus Christ as your mediator(lawyer) to plead on your behalf you will be eternity lost. That is why you need what the bible calls salvation. That is you need to be saved from God’s wrath for his wrath is against all ungodliness and unrighteousness. So you better get some godliness and righteous ness. How you ask?

Through what the Bible calls the propitiation of Jesus Christ. That is the appeasing of God’s wrath through the sacrifice of his Son. To qualify for this good news is to first of all desire to be saved, second of all to acknowledge your helplessness as a sinner and third, to call upon the Lord Jesus Christ to save you.

If out of a sincere heart you ask for salvation, God will give it to you. Wait, how can I know that I have been saved? Well, certainly not by saying a meaningless prayer and going off to live the same old life you have always lived but rather to wait upon the Lord in prayer and seek him no matter how long it takes for what the Bible calls, the born again experience. Did I just say experience? YES I DID ! What is this experience? You will know when you get it…..actually you will know that you know that you have personally been touched by the Holy Spirit for you will become a brand new person.

A new person? YES! No longer will you like your sin. No longer will you be afraid of death. No longer will you feel guilty all the time because you will know that you are forgiven and no longer will you behave so ungodly, or un-God like. You will have a hunger for righteousness and the Bible will be to you like manna(bread of life) from heaven. You will be transformed into what the bible calls “a new man,” one created in godliness, holiness, and true righteousness.

And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” Ephesians 4:24

This new person is a created in Jesus Christ work that will perform God works, not just good works, because when the holy spirit comes to make you his dwelling place then you will be able to live a life that not only pleases God but that is inspired by God!

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:Not of works, lest any man should boast.For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:8-10

ALL OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS ARE AS FILTHY RAGS

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THE GOSPEL OF GRACE MINISTRIES with Kim Balogh

All our WORKS: good deeds, achievements, sacrifices, human effort and human labor are unacceptable to God for righteousness, or right standing before a Holy God. Works of any kind can not earn our salvation and nor can they keep our salvation. According to the bible our own human “goodness” is rot!

Isaiah 64:6
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

Jesus Christ came not only to take away our sins but to destroy the power of sin. Sin shall not have dominion or rule over the Christian, according to scriptures, who……walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh. In other words if we are walking in the old man we are under law and condemnation and thus have guilt and self righteousness in order to justify our deeds BUT if we have been born of the Spirit of God and have put off the old man having that old man crucified with Christ, then we can live in liberty, faith, and a clean conscience.

The Bible says that Jesus is our righteousness, his goodness, holiness and virtue has been imputed to us, that is accredited to our account, so now we are complexly holy without sin and blameless in his sight.The Hebrew word for righteousness is tzedek: righteous, integrity, equity, justice, straightness. It is best understood as the product of upright, moral action in accordance with some form of divine plan.

This divine plan is to reveal a mystery, or THE MYSTERY, which is CHRIST IN YOU THE HOPE OF GLORY. Now, when we have become a child of God by the born again spiritual experience, and I did say experience, not just an acknowledgment of a truth, we have now residing in our very temple of the body, the Holy Spirit. Yes, that same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead, the same Holy Spirit that dwelt in the ark of the covenant, and the holy of holies in the temple of David.

Having said that, again I affirm that scriptures teach that nothing we do can earn acceptance or kudos with God. Now what about works? Doesn’t the Bible talk about works? YES indeed ! But not the works of the flesh, the human nature or human endeavors. This work is THE WORK of God operated by the Holy Spirit in and through the Christian according to each Christian’s measure of faith, gifts and callings.

So there is no condemnation to those in Christ Jesus walking according to the Holy Spirit’s leading in their individual lives. Abraham had a particular calling , he was not called to build an Ark and David was not called to build the temple and Peter was called to Jews while Paul was called to gentiles. In this same way Christians are called to their own particular job. Scriptures say, that we are created unto good works and that God has ordained us to walk in that calling. That is why we are told in scriptures not to compare ourselves with others. This is because we each have different gifts according to the will of God and he will make sure that we each work out our own salvation in Jesus by the power of his Holy Spirit.

Works done in the the flesh by the human nature will not justify a person with God. Righteousness must be of faith in the righteousness of Jesus Christ who alone produces works of righteousness through his people who are filled with his Holy Spirit. The bible also says that Christians are KEPT by the power of God until that day! If you are born again then you are God’s sheep and he will never let you fall. He will not fail to preform all his perfect will in you for he that is faithful has promised.

Isaiah 61:10,11

I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

Romans Chapter 10

For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above)Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead)

But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach, That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

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Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

Galatians 2:16

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified

Matthew 5:20

For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

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Gospel of Grace with Ministries: Biblical Faith

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The Gospel of Grace Ministries with Kim Balogh

Faith (Biblical faith) is a gift from God, a fruit and attribute of the HOLY SPIRIT. All men have not faith according to the Bible.

Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you, and keep you from evil.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1-3

Faith is not something we can conjure up on our own, nor is it something that we are born with. Ephesians 2:8-9 makes it very clear that faith is a gift from God, not because we deserve it or have earned it because faith is not from ourselves…. it is from God. Faith is not obtained by our own power or our free will. Faith is not simply an intellectual assent to something, or a belief system. Faith is a heart transformation which comes through divine revelation of the word of God and it is given by the Holy Spirit. Man cannot acquire Biblical faith by self effort. (no matter how much you read or quote scriptures) because faith is a divine inspiration which comes from the person of God’s character according to his will and good pleasure.

All born again Christians have each been given a measure of God’s faith and that faith will grow as one matures in the Lord. The gift of faith which is a spiritual endowment comes to a person for a specific thing at a specific time according to the will of God but it is not the same as our individual measure of faith. The gift of faith is a higher level of Gods faith given for a miracle to occur.

To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;”1 Corinthians 12:9

An example of the gift of faith gift in action is when Peter sees a lame man at the Beautiful Gate and calls on him to stand up and walk in the Name of Jesus. Acts 3:1-10

Jesus said even a small amount of God’s miraculous faith could move mountains. Matthew 17:20-21 and Matthew 21:21 as well as 1Corinthians 13:2

Faith is described in Hebrews 11:1 as being “certain of what we do not see.” It is the absolute belief that God is constantly working behind the scenes in every area of our lives, even when there is no tangible evidence to support that fact.

Faith is a gift, (Ephesians 2:8-9) which is also described as a fruit (or characteristic) which is produced in our lives by the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22). Scriptures say that faith grows as we submit to learning the word of God and by the power of the Holy Spirit that is at work in our lives.

We cannot by our own effort make faith appear in us for faith comes from God alone. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17). The study of God’s Word is how strong faith is developed. Also, the Bible is clear that faith does not mature and strengthen without trials. Adversity in our lives is how God develops a strong faith in him. As we learn to trust him in every situation, faith in Christ grows stronger and give us victory in all things!

These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter 1:7

For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 1 john 5:4

Jesus our Kinsmen Redeemer.

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The book of Ruth is a perfect analogy of Jesus our kinsmen redeemer. Ruth was a Moabitess, a foreigner who was from a nation in whom God had cursed. But as Boas showed Ruth favor and granted her his grace and acceptance so too does Jesus accept all who come to him for redemption. Ruth was a widow, poor and destitute but her heart had been turned to follow the ways of YHWY. Naomi must have been used by God to be an example of his love and kindness, for Ruth wanted to stay with her rather than return to the godless ways of her past.

Naomi’s other daughter returned to her old ways because the seed of God’s love did not take root in her heart but Ruth knew that life with the one true God was the way of truth and so she followed Naomi to the Promised Land. Like Ruth who was a sinner saved by God’s grace, we too enter the Promised Land by having our Boaz “the mighty one” as our kinsmen redeemer.

“If your brother becomes poor and sells part of his property, then his nearest redeemer shall come and redeem what his brother has sold” Lev. 25:25

As Boaz accepted Ruth even though she had a “past” so too does Jesus accept us in the beloved when we come to him for protection and deliverance. Jesus became “like unto his brethren,” and thus making him our kinsmen redeemer as the law demands for buying back someone or something sold into slavery. Being sold under sin we needed to be purchased by a kinsmen redeemer and Jesus did just that!

“For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh” Romans 8:3.

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich” 2 Corinthians 8:9 .

After Boaz expressed to Ruth his acceptance (Ruth 2:2) through grace (unmerited mercy) Ruth was then able to put her faith (Ruth 2:12) in him to be her Savior. This is an analogy of Jesus our kinsmen redeemer. As a righteous man Boaz would honor his part of the kinsmen redeemer agreement under the law and so too does Jesus fulfill all the righteous requirements of the law for us!

“…but when the completion of the time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born a subject of the Law, to redeem the subjects of the Law, so that we could receive adoption as sons.” Galatians 4:4, 5

“And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband’s, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz. And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find GRACE And she said unto her, Go, my daughter.” Ruth 2:2

Just as Ruth became a child of the living God and was under the protection of Boaz so are we under God’s protection and just as Boaz provided for Ruth and accepted her so too are we as Christians accepted and provided for by JESUS CHRIST our kinsmen redeemer because we are purchased with the price of HIS blood.

“Since then the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook in the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil; and might deliver those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. Hebrews 2:14-15

Now as redeemed persons we are bought back and are no longer slaves to darkness but we have now become our kinsmen redeemer’s property. We come under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and just as Ruth slept at Boaz feet, in submission, so must we be in submission to our Lord and master and sit at his feet. We also must continue to work in our Redeemer’s harvest field until all the harvest is brought in and the wedding feast of our Lord is ready!

1 Corinthians 6:20: “Are you not your own property, then; you have been bought at a price. So use your body for the glory of God.”

“And Ruth the Moabitess said, He said unto me also, Thou shalt keep fast by my young men, until they have ended all my harvest. And Naomi said unto Ruth her daughter in law, It is good, my daughter, that thou go out with his maidens, that they meet thee not in any other field. So she kept fast by the maidens of Boaz to glean unto the end of barley harvest and of wheat harvest; and dwelt with her mother in law.” Ruth 2: 21-23

“Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.” John 4:35,36

The Helmet of Salvation: The Gospel of Grace with Kim Balogh

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The helmet of salvation protects the mind of the Christian. The mind of the redeemed is being renewed to the mind of Christ by the scriptures through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Mind in the Greek is “nous” and this means the faculties of perceiving and understanding and those of feeling, judging, determining, the capacity for spiritual truth, the higher powers of the soul, and the faculty of perceiving divine things, of recognizing goodness and of hating evil,
the power of considering and judging soberly, calmly and impartially. (Strong’s concordance)

Our carnal mind needs to be reprogrammed from the old way of thinking and renewed or made new by thinking the way God wants us to think. This is done by the scriptures through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Rom. 12:2 – “be transformed by the renewing of your mind”
Eph. 4:23 – “be renewed in the spirit of your mind” (Read all the chapter)
Col. 3:10 – “the new man is being renewed to a true knowledge of him who created him.” (Read all the chapter)

Matt. 22:37 – “Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength”

The mind of Christ will have the following attributes.
Lowly, humble, submissive, not proud, haughty or boastful. (Not even about how great a Christian one is or who they are in Christ. The bible says to boast in the Lord only.)

Philippians 2:5
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name.

Being of no reputation means not bragging and boasting about who you are or what you have done. (Even in the ministry) In heaven only Jesus is glorified and boasted about so it should be no different while we are on this earth.

Col. 3:2 – “set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth……..” (Read all the chapter)

The mind of Christ is forgiving, obedient, serving God and not people pleasing, speaking the truth, honest in communication, truthful, merciful, kind, meek, patient, at peace, thankful, filled with grace and worship, single hearted.

The mind of Christ thinks on Phil. 4 (Read all the chapter) what is honest, pure, what is right, what is encouraging. The mind of Christ is prayerful, always rejoicing, content in all circumstances and trusting in God.

When we have on salvation (Jesus) as our head we are under his authority and represent him. The more we pray and ask God to transform our minds by his word the more he will do just that until we are thinking and acting like him!

Salvation is the helmet that protects the head against the blows of the enemy’s attacks on the mind. It protects against error and false doctrines and all the crafty arguments of the devil.

If you put God’s word in our heart by memorizing scriptures, (1 Peter 1:13 , “gird up the loins of your mind.”) you will have a sober and sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7, the Word of God says, “For God hath not give us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

And again in 1 Thessalonians 5:8
“But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on the hope of salvation as a helmet. “

Titus 1:15 says that the unsaved have carnal minds, filled with fear, dread ,and worldliness. , “… unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.”

Covered in the blood of Jesus and by reading God’s word, studying God’s word and memorizing God’s word you will be fully equipped to cast down every high minded thoughts and ideologies that exalt themselves about the word of God and to stand in the evil day. (Enemy attacks)

I pray that with the helmet of salvation on your head ……..”That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.” Ephesians 1:17-23

Crucified with Jesus Christ

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The Gospel of Grace Ministries

It is God’s grace that saves us, but not by his grace alone. If that were so, then everyone would be saved. To trust in Jesus Christ by faith is given as a gift by God the Father to those whom the Father chooses to bestow his grace .

“All that the Father gives me shall come to me, and he that comes to me I will in no wise cast out.” John 6:37

“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. ” John 15:16

Those who have been saved by God’s grace through God’s gift of faith have been crucified with Christ. That is they have put to death the deeds of the body by the power of the Spirit of Christ which dwells within them and they no longer live for their own selfish ambitions but live their lives for God.

What does “put to death” exactly mean? It means that the Christian is positioned in Christ by faith so that…. I….I…I…no longer lives……but Christ who dwells within lives instead. How does this work? The Holy Spirit equips the Christian to live a holy life. How is this achieved? By the faith of Christ. The faith to believe in his ability and power for your life!

King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)says, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Gal. 2:20

Aramaic Bible in Plain English says(©2010) “And I have been crucified with The Messiah, and from then on I myself have not been living, but The Messiah is living in me, and this that I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of The Son of God, he who has loved us and has given himself for us.” Gal.2:20

This means that it is no longer I who lives. You are not your own, you are bought with a price. No longer bound to sin and the devil but have instead become slaves of Jesus Christ. Many may not like to hear that but it’s in the bible. You are not free to be your own master. You are free from sin and alive to God.

“Paul, the bound of Christ Jesus [the bound of Jesus Christ], and Timothy, brother, to Philemon, beloved, and our helper [and our even-worker]” Philemon 1:1

That means there is no “I.” The self that I reckon myself to be is not I. I am not. Christ is. “It is not I who lives, but Christ lives in me.” Christ lives in me and I am crucified to him.

(NIV Incorrect Version) says “ in the son” ……but this is an incorrect translation…. rather we have to put faith in God’s grace, but the faith that we use isn’t our own human faith. This verse says that faith is the gift of God, not your own head belief. In Ephesians 2:8, Paul says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”

It is the SELF. The ego of man. MIND,WILL,AND EMOTIONS that must be put to death. As Christian we have no rights, no liberties, no free will. If you are born again by the Holy Spirit you have now become A SLAVE TO RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Humanist Christianity exalts the self, “you are special,” they say. “You are blessed in this world.” “You can do it!” But what does scriptures teach? That SELF MUST DIE ! Why must self die? So that Jesus Christ can live through you ! Jesus said, “Without me you can do nothing.”

In the self exalted man is dead religion, works of self righteousness and man exalted exploits. Scriptures tell us that
“ He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5

When the Christian is crucified with Christ then they are no longer living in control of their lives but are living in the Holy Spirit with Jesus doing his will through them by his power! How is this done? By faith, the faith God gives to live for him. As we pray at all times for all things we depend on the Holy Spirit for every little thing. This is called being bound to the Lord.

Do you lack power to live holy? Then reckon your self dead unto sin, dead to the world, dead to self and alive to God, in him, living and moving every moment in Jesus.

Holiness is not in obeying rules and regulations…touch not, taste not , handle not, wear this, don’t wear that ect . Holiness is being consecrated to live for Christ and by faith he lives through us! Pray for the dumanis Holy Spirit power for all things.

“Father give me repentance in this area, Father help me to love my enemy, Father give me faith to trust you, Father help me preach your word, Father heal this person as I pray…ect ect!”

As long as we are on the throne we will live defeated lives, void of power, empty of life, always trying to drum it up by some other way. Jesus Said I AM THE WAY….I AM THAT I AM….CHRIST THAT LIVES IN ME…. Paul said that he would rather rejoice in HIS WEAKNESS! Why?

So that GOD’S POWER WOULD REST ON HIM!! When we are weak then he is strong and when we are SELF-sufficient then his grace will not be sufficient. Do you want to be strong in the Lord and the power of HIS MIGHT? Then get off the throne! Acknowledge God in ALL your way,ALL that you do so that he will lead you and guide you, minister through you and DO HIS WILL …not your will but HIS WILL!

Then you will see great and mighty things which you could never have imagined…..souls will get saved, healing will take place and even suffering for Christ will become a joy ! For when we are weak HE is strong.

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” 2 Cor.12: